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Dafne Schippers: Diamond League and meeting record for 200m of 21.93

DAFNE SCHIPPERS produced the performance of the meeting with a Diamond League record of 21.93 in the 200m but British eyes were on the runner-up in the women’s mile, Laura Muir, as she smashed the Scottish record. Clocking a world-leading 21.93, world 200m champion Schippers took one hundredth of a second off Gwen Torrence’s long-standing meeting record from 1994 as she also beat the Diamond League record, storming over the line in slightly chilly and damp conditions to win by more than half a second.

Schippers’ fellow sub-22 second sprinter Elaine Thompson, who claimed silver behind Schippers in Beijing last summer, was almost a second off her PB with 22.64 for the runner-up spot in Oslo, while Britain’s Jodie Williams was fifth with 23.29.

“In these conditions, to run under 22 seconds is very special for me,” said Schippers after her performance at a cool and wet Bislett Stadium. “The curve here is excellent, but I must admit the last 50 metres were very tough.

“After all the Diamond Leagues I need to rest and train a little bit before the European Championships in my country. No more races until then.”

Muir won over 1500m at the Bislett Games last year and her fine form continued in the Norwegian city as she ran a Scottish record-breaking 4:19.12 in the Dream Mile behind Faith Kipyegon’s worldleading 4:18.60 to go second on the UK all-time list.

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